Gun Control-English - Hilary Whalen English 11-1 Mr Sanders...

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Hilary Whalen English 11-1 Mr. Sanders 3 May 2016 Gun Control Requiring background checks for all gun sales and strengthening the background check system, insuring a smart and effective enforcement of gun safety laws already on the books, helping people suffering from mental illness get the help they need and expand access to treatment across the country, ensuring that federal mental health records are submitted to background check records, and boosting gun safety technology to help stop accidental gun deaths. Why would ANYONE oppose laws to help ensure all of these things? I just want to address one thing before I go on this rant. The main thing I don’t understand is if you’re a sane, law abiding person that wants to buy a gun then you should realize many of these common sense gun control laws shouldn’t affect you. So honestly why should you care if it's harder for people who shouldn't have guns in the first place buy these weapons? I can’t with people, I just can’t. Wouldn’t more guns prevent gun deaths? In theory it makes sense right? If everyone had a gun then we would all be safe. Yeah okay. The United States already has the largest gun ownership in the world . We have more guns than Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan. We have more guns than countries such as Columbia, Mexico, and Guatemala that are overrun by drug cartels with murder rates comparable to war zones. What? Why? Along with all of that, we have the highest gun-
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suicide rate in the world and our gun death rates are through the roof compared to other developed nations. People who have firearm access are twice as likely of homicide and at more than three times the risk of suicide compared to those without firearm access. More than 75% of guns used by youth in suicide attempts were kept in the home of the victim, a relative, or a friend. Okay back to the whole more guns=safer thing.
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